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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Key Art: Security And Fun Facts Part 2

Here are some more fun facts for you; the Czarina of Russia, Catherine the Great, loved the craftsmanship of lock making and the ornate faceplates for the locks in particular.

She enjoyed them so much that she started collecting them and ended up with one of the most remarkable collections.

A famous lock expert was Charles Courtney. His fascination with locks began when he was a child and he enjoyed taking locks apart, fixing, and collecting them. It is no surprise he made a career out of it, although it was a toss up between lock expert and diver.

Later on in his life, he was able to combine both his passions. He rendered his services as a master locksmith to the salvage companies and opened up safes on sunken ships which lay several hundred feet under water.

During the course of history, up until the 1900s, keys were round and often heavy and rather large. It was in the 20th century when the flat key made its entrance. The lock, placed between the knobs of the door, became an important part of the door.

At present, there are many options where lock styles and designs are concerned. It isn't even a problem when you need a few extra keys to the same lock. Having some copies made is simple and quick. There is only one thing you have to watch out for; don't loose your key.

If you do, you may not be able to stand the heat and/or are left out in the cold!

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